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Grateful Dead Live at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 1985-07-01


Topics Live concert


Dancin' In The Streets, Dupree's Diamond Blues, Walkin' Blues, Jack A Roe, My Brother Esau, Stagger Lee, Let It Grow-> Day Job Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Drums-> Dear Mr. Fantasy-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Good Lovin', E:Satisfaction-> E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Merriweather Post Pavilion
Location Columbia, MD

Source Fix of <A href= "http://db.etree.org/shninfo_detail.php?shnid=369">previous</a> sbd shn set

Notes

Fix of previous sbd shn set; See info file for details;
Disc 1 & 2: SBDmc>?>DAT>CD>EAC>SHN>CD>EAC
Disc 3: SBDmc>?>DAT>CD>EAC
Seeded to etree by Paino Man

Reviews

Reviewer: kee-zee - - January 5, 2014
Subject: When life looks like Easy Street..there is danger at your door
Pretty nice sound for a fine night..I attended both 85 Merriweather shows and they both hold weight..Yeah the 1st set is some what lack luster but played well. I remember the Sun going down around Jack-o-Roe and just enjoying myself in the lawn. Then during intermission the need to get under the Pavilion for the 2nd set came into mind and off I went..so thankful! This 2nd set smoked Scarlet>Fire..Playing>Uncle Jerry's jam~~Kicked ass and is forever ingrained in my memory..over 200 shows I saw some vividly stick out in your memory and this is one of them. The Good Loving filled me up with it and the Satisfaction>Baby Blue encores were a beautiful way to cap off a wonderful night..For all the 85 bashers..you bore the daylights out of me~~~! Forever Grateful>Forever Dead!!!!~~~~~~Lifer
Reviewer: Skipknot! - - January 3, 2014
Subject: If you were lucky......
I'm not a jealous person, really I'm not, but if you were on summer tour in 1985, I wish I was you. Summer 85 is one of the main reasons I became a tour head. My first show was in Worcester 87, by that summer I had about 20 tapes. Half of those were crispy boards from this tour. We were lucky they were available, Hershey, Spac, Merriweather, we all had them. I was 18 in 1987 and new to the scene, with a 73 Monte Carlo and a cranking Alpine stereo. I made friends easily at shows thanks to these boards. Merriweather shows were never average, if you made it there I'm jealous. Every time I listen to this show I feel like I'm 18 again.
Reviewer: E.R.C. Iceman! - - July 1, 2013
Subject: ONE OF THE BEST...
This is one of the beast soundboards I have ever had the pleasure of listening to! Great year/tour for the band!!!!
Reviewer: jjg4762 - - January 9, 2013
Subject: helpfull hint
I know there are many who go to the boards for the sound they prefer and seeing how many reviewed this one here is a hint.

Taped by: B. Koucky
Transferred by: C. Ladner
Keywords: B. Koucky, Green Mountain Brothers

This version of this show blows doors on any aud I have EVER ever heard. Even better then being there. Please poeple check out this new version. You will not be disapointed in the least bit. A true G E M GEM GEM GEM of a recording hats off to the taper of this one
Reviewer: LagerandGospel - - December 19, 2012
Subject: Great Raunchy show
I love it. Its dirty and raunchy...just listen to Weir in Walkin' Blues. This whole show rocks.
Reviewer: Circio - - February 27, 2012
Subject: Not as good as the 1st night
Well, June 30 was one of the best! This show has too many slow spots, but Jack-a-Roe, Let it Grow, Scarlett, and Goin' Down make up for that. The Dead were really at a peak this year. And, I love the mix quality - Bill and Mickey are so in synch which was a huge part of the Dead sound. Love the stereo drums!
Reviewer: wtciv - - January 11, 2011
Subject: Spiked Watermelon
Just vodka unfortunately, though we shared it liberally with hot and dusty Deadheads around us. Didn't have to smuggle it in or anything -- that's just the way it was at Merriweather back in the day.

The Scarlet>Fire was one of those rare times -- it didn't happen very often -- when you just knew it was a keeper. The kind of moment in time you knew you'd remember for the rest of your life. I play this show whenever I want to evoke my best memories of the Dead. God I miss 'em.
Reviewer: corby112 - - July 14, 2010
Subject: Killer Second Set
This is another solid show from the summer of '85 but set 2 in particular really stands out.

The show opens with a brief, albeit fine version of Dancin'. Next was a Dupree's a nice rarity that is played and sung very well. One of the first highlights of the first set comes with Walkin Blues. Although it's played at an awkwardly slower pace than usual, the final jam is epic! It goes on for a while with some incredible bluesy licks and group improv. Jack-a-Roe is always a nice surprise and here it doesn't disappoint. Esau and Stagger Lee are a bit of a let down but Let It Grow makes up for that. It's a real crowd pleaser with a long extended jam that is red hot. Unfortunately it is segued into Day Job to end the set.

Set 2 is an incredible performance of which not second should be missed. Some vocal flubs don't hurt the amazing Scarlet>Fire opener. The Playin that follows is short but flows into some nice group interplay which awkwardly segues into Uncle John's. The Space is one of the more adventurous of the era with noise samples, animal sounds and bleeps. The Mr. Fantasy is alright but Goin Down the Road is soaring with lots of energetic soloing Good Lovin ends the show on a high notes and the double encore is a nice touch.
Reviewer: Chris U. - - May 19, 2008
Subject: SPACE MONSTER
While I'm not sure that this board captures the bass frequencies as well as the better audience tapes that are out there, the Space segment of this show is stand-alone fantastic. I bow down before Mr. Healy -- the seventh crucial member of the band!

The kitchen sink of samples and sound effects is utilized here but it's far from random. Rather, the band slowly works it's way through some increasingly anxious moments, through the corridor of mutant crickets and giant biting flies, to stand on top of the Temple of the Golden Keys, where only the deepest of the Beast's vibrations can be felt.
Reviewer: Here & Now - - May 12, 2007
Subject: Great show - red gels !!!!!
I somewhat remember kickin around in the lot before the show just about to peak on some half doz. really clean red gels while we were crossing the walk-over bridge to get into the show. Stellar show / setlist also the sound that night was great and I remember during scarlet-fire I saw a bunch of heads raising, above the ground, another long haired beirded head as he lay flat and still, at the top of the field part of the pavillion. It was way trippy and my first outside dead show
very very kool......
Reviewer: buscameby - - April 9, 2007
Subject: A forgotten beauty
In a year when there were some great shows, this one doesn't get the credit it deserves.
I'd heard of it but the sound is stronger than I had heard so deep and powerful.
Reviewer: nambo - - December 22, 2006
Subject: Nice
Another Winner, Sit back and enjoy!
Reviewer: fireonshakedownstreet - - February 1, 2006
Subject: Bob Weir is God
"Deep down inside you gotta a light, turn it on, let it get strong, let it get bright, get bright, push back, push back the nite! So say, push back, push back, push back the nite! So say it, push back, push back, push back the nite.! Baby!! Push back, push back, push back the nite! Let me hear you say it! Push back, push back, push back the nite! Let it get bright!! Just say it! Push back, push back, push back the nite! Turn on your light! You may be weak, you may be blind, but even a blind man knows where the sun shines! Can you feel it? Can you feel it?! I can feel it too."
Reviewer: serenity now - - January 6, 2006
Subject: Holy crispiness bat people!
Thank you Jonathan Aizen, most every board your name appears on is a true and fine representation of the state of the art sound that the Dead was known for. It's a blessing to be able to go back in time and catch all the beautifull shows I missed. No wonder Phil likes this site, take care all you fellow heads out there in cyberland, Love & Peace
Reviewer: MCSZ - - December 26, 2005
Subject: 5 Stars
Reviewer: tonydeloge - - December 18, 2005
Subject: ?
Sperry - not a fan of '85 shows, what? Take a closer listen.

Bigboypeete - '85 one of the Dead's most underrated years? Where'd you hear that?

Nothing beats a crispy '85 board.
Reviewer: danimal71 - - September 23, 2005
Subject: Good vibes..
This show is totally worth the download, and the 3 disks to fill. The Scarlet/Fire is one of the better ones i've heard, absolutely smokin! Puts you in a daze..if you like Scarlet/Fire,you must check out 11-1-79.
Reviewer: danimal71 - - September 23, 2005
Subject: Good vibes..
This show is totally worth the download, and the 3 disks to fill. The Scarlet/Fire is one of the better ones i've heard, absolutely smokin! Puts you in a daze..if you like Scarlet/Fire,you must check out 11-1-79.
Reviewer: fireonshakedownstreet - - September 15, 2005
Subject: Bob Weir is God
"Deep down inside you gotta a light, turn it on, let it get strong, let it get bright, get bright, push back, push back the nite! So say, push back, push back, push back the nite! So say it, push back, push back, push back the nite.! Baby!! Push back, push back, push back the nite! Let me hear you say it! Push back, push back, push back the nite! Let it get bright!! Just say it! Push back, push back, push back the nite! Turn on your light! You may be dumb, you may be blind, but even a blind man knows where the sun shines! Can you feel it? Can you feel it?! I can feel it too."
Reviewer: sperry - - July 16, 2005
Subject: very nice
I am not a great fan of 1985 shows, with the exception of a few select performances. But this show is the cat's meow. The playing is methodical, smooth, emotional, not too mention intense.
The sound is also excellent.

This is one you won't regret.
cheers
Reviewer: shnaholic - - July 1, 2005
Subject: it was 20 years ago tonite.....
summer 85 was a great time for a tour and a great time for recordings as well. enjoy this show. the oade source is great as well. aloha and mahalo!
Reviewer: Crazy Fingers70 - - May 11, 2005
Subject: 1985 Gem
Scarlet> Fire...a living breathing dragon of fire!
Reviewer: bigboypeete - - April 24, 2005
Subject: 85
another good show from the deads most underrated year,great sound, as is usual with the shows from this year
Reviewer: barrett196 - - April 9, 2005
Subject: Scarlet >Fire
One of the best I ever saw. Powerful second set from start to finish on a beautiful summer Maryland night. We danced under the trees on the lawn for the second half of the second set. The Scarlet>Fire is dangerous with Jerry solos that stretch musical boundaries. The Fire on this night was so intense, you stopped dancing and just watched and listened with your jaw dropped to your knees.
Reviewer: Btopia - - October 24, 2004
Subject: Best Scarlet Fire EVER....really
Although the 6/30 show was tough to beat, the Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain from 7/1 is one of those landmark performances that consistently leaves the hair standing up on your arms and a smile on your face after 5 million listens. AMAZING!!!! Highly recommended...
Reviewer: taperdave - - May 10, 2004
Subject: Tight
Yea I Was There, Just Phat
Reviewer: Langmuir - - May 3, 2004
Subject: Great summer show...
I have spent many a summer day driving and listening to this show. The first set is probably underrated: "Dancin'", "Walking Blues", and "Let it Grow" are all monsters..
Reviewer: peacenik - - April 10, 2004
Subject: Awesome 2nd Set, crispy recording
I was travelin' along with the june/july leg of the summer tour, and this is my favorite 2nd set (out of a slew of good ones, including Hershey Park, Cuyahoga Falls, Saratoga and Merriweather the day before).
The band was on fire 2nd set,the day was beautiful, and the audience energy was right there with the band, in one of those great combinations that stay with you forever.
I guarantee the second set will get lots of play in your stereo. The first set has it moments too, including a nice Dancin' and a shredding Let it Grow.
The recording is ultra clean, with a short, smooth as silk aud patch at the end of Mr. Fantasy- where the sbd cassete tape cut and drove me crazy for years.
Thanks to Piano Man for getting this one up!
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